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HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Call For Entries Now Open

Call for Entries - 2015 HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. The Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association’s tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry. Read more here.
June 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the June 2015 Tourism Snapshot.
Cosmopolitan Toronto sold to Executive Hotels for $13M

Skyline International Development Inc. announced on July 15 the sale of the Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto to Vancouver-based Executive Hotels and Resorts for $13 million. The sale, which was finalized July 8, will not affect guests and clients of the 50-room upscale boutique hotel, now renamed Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan. Read more here.

CBRE/PKF deal: same players, same services, more resources
The acquisition of PKF by CBRE Group Inc. is a move that makes sense to both parties. 

"Integration means we will still have the same players and the same services as before — but more resources," PKF's national managing director David Larone told CLN. Read more here.

May 2015: travel to Canada continues to surge upward
Canada is definitely a hot commodity in the international tourism marketplace. In May 2015, more than 1.5 million international travellers made our country their destination of choice, up 8% on the previous year. Indeed, that total was the highest number of international visitors to Canada in May since 2002, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
Parapan Am Games Another Big Win for Ontario

Athletes from Ontario and across Canada have delivered exceptional performances to crown the largest, most successful Parapan Am Games ever.

Team Canada won a record 168 medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Ontario athletes made a major contribution to this showing, with 63 medals, and helped Canada finish second overall. This outstanding achievement capped off an incredible summer for Ontario that began with the resounding success of the Pan Am Games. Read more here.

Johanne Bélanger Named President and CEO of Tourism Toronto
TORONTO (August 13, 2015) – Tourism Toronto announced today that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed President and CEO, effective September 1, 2015. Read press release here.
It’s official (again): Canada has the world’s best reputation.
It’s time for Canada to bask in the global limelight again. The Reputation Institute’s 2015 Country RepTrak® report has named our country as having the world’s best reputation, ahead of Norway in second place and Sweden in third spot. Canada came out as the No. 1 country to visit, live, study and work, as well as placing second as a destination to invest in and attend or organize events. Key drivers in the rankings were Canada being a safe and beautiful country, with friendly and welcoming people as well as an appealing lifestyle. Read the full article here.
Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the GTHA remains Chair of the Board of TIAO
July 24, 2015 — The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) revealed yesterday its Board of Directors for 2015-2016. Newly elected to the Board this year are: Keith Simmonds, General Manager, Great Wolf Lodge; Steve Ball, President, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association; Ian McMillan, Executive Director, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie; and Minto Schneider, CEO, Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.  Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association remains Chair of the Board for the 2nd year.  Read the full release here.
GTAA April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report
The April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. See the report here.
Historic Old Mill Toronto Now Under New Ownership
The Old Mill Toronto, an iconic restaurant, hotel and banquet complex opened in 1914, is now under new ownership. The announcement was made by Michael Kalmar, president of Lark Hospitality. Read full story here.
Toronto Hotel Relay 2015
The Toronto Hotel Relay 2015, put together by the Hospitality Workers Training Centre celebrates Hospitality workers' pride in creating top notch guest experiences for visitors to Toronto. Watch the video here.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Welcomes New GM
TORONTO — Trump Hotel Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Luc Barone as GM of Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto following the move of former GM, Mickael C. Damelincourt to Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. A senior and seasoned hospitality professional, Barone began his career on the food and beverage side of hotel operations for lifestyle brands within Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Delta Hotels, and brings a global perspective from his many posts in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Read full story here.
Toronto to host Microsoft's Global Partner Conference in July, 2016
July 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Microsoft announced today that an estimated 15,000 Microsoft technology partners and employees from around the world will converge into Toronto next July for the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Read the full story here.
Skyline Announces Sale of Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto
Skyline International Development Inc., parent company of Skyline Hotels & Resorts, is announcing the sale of the Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto to Vancouver-based Executive Hotels and Resorts for $13 million. The sale, which was finalized July 8, 2015, will not impact the guests and clients of the 50 room upscale boutique hotel, now renamed to Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan. Read more here.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York Hotel Unveils New Look
Toronto-North York: Vrancor Group, owner and operator of 15 branded and independent hotels throughout ontario, is proud to unveil its newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York Hotel

Vrancor Group unveiled its newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York, located a short distance from York University and attractions including Downsview Park and Canada’s Wonderland. The 163-room newly renovated hotel is the second largest Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Ontario, and fifth largest in Canada, by number of rooms. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 14,000 Jobs in June
Employment in Ontario heated up in June with an increase of 14,000 -- bringing the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 568,100. Read more here.
Choice Hotels Canada Adds 10 Hotels in Q2 2015
Choice Hotels Canada, Canada’s largest hotel franchisor, opened 10 new hotels during the second quarter of 2015. The company has so far opened 13 hotels this year, bringing the total number of properties in the system to 323. Read more here.
Premier Wynne Announces International Missions
Premier Kathleen Wynne will travel to Colorado, California and China this fall to promote Ontario's attractiveness as a trading partner and as a centre for investment. Premier Wynne made the announcement today during a speech to government and business leaders at the Toronto Global Forum -- Pan American Edition. Read more here.
New Director for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - Ryerson University
The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University welcomes Dr. Frederic Dimanche as the new Director of the school, effective July 1, 2015. Read more here.
Olga Ilich appointed as Chair of Destination Canada
Industry Minister James Moore, along with Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier, today announced the appointment of Olga Ilich as Chair of Destination Canada, effective immediately. Read more here.